Are you worried about the offensive stain that ruined your expensive designer bag? Stains, marks, scratches, and cosmetic damage to your bags should be addressed based on the type of material the bags are made from and the sources of the damage. The most common problems encountered are color stains inadvertently transferred from clothing, makeup, food and beverage stains, and ballpoint ink marks. In this article, we will share with you some proven tips to restore your bag to its pristine and pristine original condition.
Examples: Coach Ergo Pieced Suede Tote, Coach Hamptons Suede Hobo, and Jimmy Choo Alex Suede.
Most stains on suede bags can be removed with a suede brush. If the stains refuse to go away, try brushing with a suede cleaner on the steam that comes out of the boiled water. You can also use a white pencil eraser to erase small, dry marks. If yours is a Coach bag, it may have come with a half pink, half white block from your purchase. A good number of Branded Bags for Less readers have reported that it is effective at removing nasty stains, marks and even mildew from moisture on their Coach bags. Simply moisten the block and gently rub it against the stain.
Note that you should never use stain removers that do not explicitly state that they are for suede fabric, as they can aggravate the stain and cause irreparable damage.
Partial leather examples: Coach Carly Signature (fabric with leather trim), Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas (canvas with leather trim), and Burberry Nova Check Shoulder Tote (canvas with leather trim).
Full Leather Examples: Fendi Nappa Leather, Coach Legacy Leather, Coach Carly Leather, Louis Vuitton Mahina, Louis Vuitton Epi Leather, Gucci Leather Hysteria, Burberry Classic Check, and Chanel Classic Medium Flap with Gold Chain.
You can apply cream, conditioner or protector to clean the leather to remove surface dirt and scratches, which is also good for moisturizing the leather to make it look flawless. One highly raved-about cleaner is the Apple Leather Care line of cleaners, which can remove many types of stains, including dirt, grease, food, and excess oil from leather. Alternatively, any leather protector like Eagle One Nano Protectant works well too. Spray a generous amount onto a dry white cloth and wipe evenly over the leather material of your bag.
For ink marks and stubborn stains on leather, use traditional Asian medicated oil such as Ax brand medicated oil or rubbing alcohol available at drug stores. This little-known technique is used by bag store clerks and many Branded Bags for Less readers have also given rave reviews that it worked wonders for their bags. Spread a bit on a dry white cloth and lightly rub over the offending mark or stain and it should come off easily.
Examples of patent leather pieces: Coach Signature Stripe Patent (fabric with stripes and patent trim) and Fendi Canvas Patent Leather Bag Du Jour (canvas with patent trim).
Complete examples of patent leather: Tods Patent Tote, Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis and Coach Patent Zoe.
Of all the varieties of material, patent leather is probably the most difficult to work with. Once the color transfers to the patent leather, the damage is likely to be permanent, unfortunately. However, if you discover the stain early enough, it might still be possible to salvage the bag with an acetone-free nail polish remover or Mr Clean Magic Eraser, according to some who have tried numerous methods to fix the problem.
Examples: Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas (canvas with leather trim) and Fendi Canvas B Shoulder Bag (canvas with patent leather trim).
Stains due to color transfer from clothing, paper bags, and magazines can be easily treated with a damp white cloth or sponge and plain white soap. For food and drink stains and other stubborn stains and marks, try Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner, which also works on other brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci canvas bags. Coach’s official site offers a quote of $10 for this cleanser. Apply a few drops to a white cloth and wipe stains in gentle circular motions. Wipe off excess with a clean, white, damp cloth. Some store clerks and bag owners also swear by baby wipes on canvas.
Examples: Coach Carly Signature (fabric with leather trim), Coach Bleecker Signature Large Flap (fabric with leather trim), and Gucci Babouska Fabric Tote.
As with canvas, you can use Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner, which also works on other brands of canvas bags. Coach’s official site offers a quote of $10 for this cleanser. Apply a few drops to a white cloth and wipe stains in gentle circular motions. Wipe off excess with a clean, white, damp cloth.
A cheaper method that some have used with great success is toothpaste, particularly the Darlie brand. Apply toothpaste to a damp white cloth and rub the stains in circular motions. Carefully remove any excess toothpaste from the darkened patch and allow it to dry. It works, surprisingly!
Always be safe – remember to do a patch test on the inside or an inconspicuous area of your bag first before applying any treatment all over it. Do not use detergent to treat stained bags as it can further damage the finish. Also, avoid contact of your bags with newspapers, magazines, colored paper bags, and dark-colored cloths during cleaning, as color can transfer from these items to your bags in the process.